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>> on new year's day, january 1, 2012, officer mcmahon responded to the crystal hotel at the tenderloin. to a distraught woman hanging on a fire escape near the top of the roof of a six-story building, between the roof and the upper floor. officer mcmahon assessed the situation and responded to the top of the building. and once there made verbal contact with the woman and spoke with her and get a kind of story or rapport with the woman, and
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the woman told her life story. why she was on the roof and why she was going to jump. i want to emphasize that then officer mcmahon was able to establish and maintain a rapport with her and the issues and homeless and wanted to end her life as others looked on at the christa hotel. throughout the conversation the woman told the officer that she didn't want to live anymore. and wanted to jump. and assessing that situation, then officer mcmahon -- now sergeant mcmahon realized this would not go well, and edged closer to the woman. on this narrow fire escape on a building that was built in 1926. during that course of that
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conversation, the woman began to edge to the very end of the fire escape and suddenly jumped. officer mcmahon with both arms grabbed her around the upper torso and helderhelder -- held suspended over the sidewalk on tenderloin. and he kept holding on to her as officer dags and sergeant ryan step on the fire escape and assisted sergeant mcmahon to bring the woman into the building and down to the paramedics waiting below. this is actions saved this woman's life. she would have perished on the sidewalk below. officer mcmahon single handedly saved a life that day. he exhibited a perfect accommodation of compassion and bravery, he risked his life to
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save the life of a person that he did not know and a life that she was about to end. his actions exemplified that of a san francisco police officer and one that is extraordinary. thomas mcmahon which he received a bronze medal of valor.
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>> thank you, sergeant, one round of applause for the sergeant, please. [applause] thank you, now i would like to call up captain mcfadden to read the citation for lieutenant chaplin and sergeant mcdonald. tony, and deon, you can come now, thank you. is captain mcfadden here. behind me. okay. >> on september 20, 2012, then
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sergeant tony chaplain, star number 951, and now lieutenant chaplain, and deon mcdonald, star 963 were assigned to the gang task force with two probation officers. they were conducting probation compliance investigations on high-risk juvenile gang members. they were aware of a gang-related homicide that had occurred just five days prior. and which a known gang member had been killed and they were expecting retaliation. they drove through the mission district in a known area frequented by gang members. shortly before 8 p.m. the crime members were travelling east, and recognized a known gang
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member walking on the sidewalk. sergeant mcdonald knew the gang member as a parolee that shot two people from an incident two years prior. mcdonald notified chaplain of the location of the suspect. as they pulled their unmarked police vehicle up to the location. both sergeants and probation officers noticed that the suspect had a bulge in his waist area and wearing gloves and attempting to conceal the object. the suspect turned and noticed the probation officers and walked toward them. within six to eight feet of them. just of note, the probation officers are unarmed. but they have vast knowledge of
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san francisco gang members and often aid gang-task officers. lieutenant chaplain and mcdonald quickly recognizing the potential for violence and danger. immediately exited their vehicle and approached the suspect. in an effort to distract the suspect and save the li life-threatening encounter, sergeant chaplain yelled, stop, police. the suspect ran on 14th street exposing the rifle in his waist area he was attempting to conceal. sergeant chaplain yelled, gun, gun, drop the gun. this done for two reasons, to notify the suspect and two for
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the officers to know he had a gun. sergeant chaplain ran after this gun-toting suspect that ignored the order to drop the gun. and probation officers gave charge of the suspect. and the suspect turned twice to sergeant chaplin with a fully-loaded assault weapon. and the suspect turned with the assault weapon in the direction of sergeant chaplain and attempted to line a shot on him. fearing for his life, the lives of other officers and the lives of innocent citizens, sergeant chaplain fired at the suspect three times wounding him. and sergeant chaplain took him to the ground and handcuffed him and seized the rifle.
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an inspection of this firearm revealed it was loaded with 25 live rounds. collier having knowledge that the gang members commonly traveled in packs. and recognized another known gang member in the same block in a vehicle. and i want to honor those probation officers that are out in the audience. [applause] it's been my pleasure to have these two fine sergeants at the time, and now lieutenants obviously, and i have lost tony -- if i can get you back, i would love to have you back. for their heroism and valor, lieutenant tony chaplain is awarded the silver medal of
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valor and sergeant mcdonald is awarded the bronze medal valor. [applause]
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>> lieutenant chaplain, sergeant mcdonald. [applause] excuse me, now will the officers from the post street incident please stand. and captain mannix will read the citation, i won't fall for that
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twice, i know she's behind me. >> it's a large number. good evening. tonight i will present a complicated and violent event that will result in 30 medals of valor, and it's so complicated that i will read from the original presentation. wednesday, may 9, 200012, two police detectives responded to 861 post street san francisco, they were in search of homicide suspect, dennis hughes, wanted for the murder of his mother that happened days prior. they met with hughes's girlfriend at the front door and said he was inside, and they called for teams to assist.
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officers roberta, hines and laprit responded to the scene. responding back to apartment 12. officer roberta was the first to enter the apartment with the remaining officers behind him. as they entered, they identified themselves as officers and advised hughes they wanted to talk to him. officer roberta took a few steps to his left in the hallway and heard the sound of gunfire coming from inside of the apartment. he identified that hughes was firing at them out of view. and they took up positions of concealment on both sides of the front door. a call for additional officers were made and the officers before you responded to assist the officers on scene. officers hines and huey were
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relieved of their positions and went across to the apartment of the rear side that hughes resided. setting up assault rifles, and officer huey continued to broadcast clear and concise and calm. a short time after the initial response of additional officers, hughes released a chemical in the hallways. having been shot at, the officers on scene are having difficulty breathing. as they continued unfazed to keep the suspect lock downed. and planned for an eventual encounter with the suspect. at some point of his volleys of gunshot, hughes had thick, black
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smoke filling the apartment and making it difficult for the officers to see and breathe. but they held their position. hughes crawled around in the walls and ceiling for those who would try to approach. no way to fight of fire that hughes started. it was rapidly filling with smoke and concern of the fire spreading to adjacent buildings. the fire department could not get on neighboring roof tops. and as a result the adjacent buildings were undertaken and it appeared that the fire would spread. due to the circumstance and the casualty of the event an order was presented to aim and fire at a known target.
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and likely because of the smoke, hughes went on a unit and in view of hines and huey. unable to get a shot off, officers maintain position. they knew that through their training and experience that the chances of hughes to come back to the same window were good. and officer hines waited for another opportunity. and moments later hughes again stuck his head out the window. officer huey knew if he didn't end his life that others would be in jeopardy. he fired one shot hitting hughes in the front of the head. it was pronounced that a shot was delivered and the suspect was down. the teams went to the apartment
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though the smoke and heat made the task extremely difficult. they extinguished some small fires but as they penetrated through the apartment the worse it became. and on an interior door heavy smoke came rushing out. unable to complete their mission due to the fire and smoke, officers responded to the first floor with breathing aptratus and then determined that hughes was neutralize and no longer a threat. and the fire department was able to extinguish all remaining fires. this suspect led the officers to face grave danger for over an
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hour. these officers endured everything that dennis hughes forced their way. and the fact that these officers refused to be deterred to restrain this violent individual shows their exceptional duty. officer hines for his patience, and because of their acts on that evening all officers are awarded medals of valor. [applause] >> thank you. just run up here and i will give it to you -- no, i will call four or five of you at a time. please can i have officer marvin
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kaptino. officer rex kulenan. officer luis dejesus. officer jay dollkey. and officer douglas farmer. [applause] officer aaron fultz. officer david goff. officer patrick griffin.
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officer steve hampton. [applause] may i have sergeant victor huey. sergeant marty lalord. officer nathan magnal. sergeant andrew mahan. and my academy mate, captain michael moran.
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may i please have officer brendan o'connor. sergeant matthew o'leary. officer mike palata. and officer adrian pane. may i have now officer jason robertson. sergeant sean ryan. sergeant kelvin sanders. sergeant jason sawyer.
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[applause] can i have officer pete sable. officer thomas smith. officer michael wolf. officer ronald laberto. >> mike wolf decided to be with his wife, having a baby and missed our ceremony. see if he ever gets anything again. >> and the silver medal awarded for the first officer on that
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night sergeant roberto. and although captain told the story as well could be told. i was there that night. and the story pales by comparison if you saw what these officers encountered. and the fact of the smoke and the rounds going through floors and ceiling and fire and all the buildings attached. i can assure that the shot taken that night by officer hines saved lives as well as all of these officers. [applause] and one person that is not mentioned in the report is captain jason turnis, i don't know if he's here. but he's the captain on scene that had the courage and experience to call for the green lights. and green lights are less common
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than gold medals. because it takes that much thought and puts the commanding officer out there. and for jason to make that call merits appreciation as well. [applause] thank you, and one round of applause for the recipients please. [applause] our next recipient is officer constantine saros and pat griffin, and read by officer moser. >> one more closing note and the he is here, lieutenant glenn
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marr that led tactical company that night and for whatever reason it's all about his guys. great job, glenn. [applause] >> at approximately 0730 hours on saturday, april 22, 2006, officers john constantine zachos and sergeant griffin, along with other officers responded on a report of a shooting in process that may have been related to domestic violence. headquarters advised that the neighbors could still hear loud noises coming from the unit. upon arrival the officers observed a three-story security gate, and officers led up the
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stairs. and upon reaching the unit, the officers noticed that the door was open and the suspect stuck his head out. the officers were on the stairway and with reported shooti shooting, they ordered him to come out and no response and officer opened the door with a semi gunpointing. raising the gun and pointing to officers zachos and fired at suspect and the suspect retreated into another room. calling repeatedly for the suspect to drop his weapon, officer griffin covered position to cover officer zachos as he changed his magazine. and officer griffin fired at suspect once.
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with officer zachos reloaded and ordering him to surrender, the suspect came out with hands up. officer zachos and griffin reported on a shooting, and knowing fully the dangers involved and went in to fire and at the officers that responded to the scene. as officer zachos changed magazine and officer griffin covered and only as officer zachos reloaded did the suspect surrender. both officers displayed outstanding bravery and for their actions they are awarded the silver medal of valor. [applause]
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>> officers griffin and constantine zachos. [applause] thank you now. now can i have captain mike redmond and officer simmons. captain redmond will read the citation. >> good evening, it's my honor to speak to you in regards to the arrest in which mike simmons receive this silver medal of valor tonight. on tuesday, february 1, 2011, at 3 p.m., officer simmons was
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working an assignment at the bank of america at 1525 market street. mike was there to work a security assignment at the bank. as well as monitor a protest that was going on outside. where there was over 50 participants in the protest. a career criminal by the name of joseph hike, chose this day to commit a robbery. mr. hike has been arrested 21 sometime -- 21 times in the city of san francisco. mr. hike produced a handgun to a teller face and ordered her to put all the

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